A well-developed skills test can shed light on candidate aptitude and suitability. But the wrong hiring test can hurt the candidate experience and impede your decision-making.
There are many types of pre-employment assessments available today. In this article, we will focus on two common types: the psychological test completed by job applicants and the interview. Both can be eﬀective tools for measuring knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics.
Psychological tests can be used to assess most KSAOs, but the nature of the tests can diﬀer:
An interview is an open-ended discussion where a job applicant answers a series of questions. Interviews can be an unstructured conversation where the applicant and interviewer engage in free-ﬂowing discussion with no pre-planned questions. Each unstructured interview is diﬀerent because the interaction between the two parties determines what is asked and discussed.
In a structured interview, each applicant is asked the same pre-planned questions that are designed to provide in-depth information about the applicant’s background (e.g., what experience does the person have with a particular task) and interpersonal skills. The structured interview is preferred over the unstructured as it is more eﬀective in identifying potentially successful hires and reducing compliance issues.
Interviews can be conducted in a variety of ways, including face-to-face, or via the web. Web interviews are often convened using a technology such as Skype, that uses voice only or video and voice combined. Interviews can also be automated and web-hosted, where an individual logs into the interview website and responds to a series of questions just as he or she would with a live person. The interview is recorded with audio only or audio plus video so that the recordings can be reviewed and analyzed at another time and by other people. The advantage of the video interview is the ﬂexibility it provides for location, timing, and participants.
The answer is, yes, with the right tools. These assessments will help you complete your screening of candidates with significantly more confidence and reliability. Request a free Demo of eSkills’ industry-leading pre-employment assessments.
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